Disrupt traditional education

Break routine to create new educational collaboration spaces where students and teachers alike can be learners and co-creators. #makerspaces

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Perhaps what eduction needs is some disruption…in a good way. For example, most teachers fear being the student in front of their students.  But what if being a teacher meant learning along with your students or even learning from your students?  Learning never stops and our students, when empowered and nurtured, can be a resource for other students and teachers alike.  Maker Spaces are popping up all over the country - in libraries, community centers and innovative spaces. What are schools doing with old computer labs if they've gone to 1:1 computing?  How are teachers keeping up with new and emerging technologies?  What if we turned the tables on teaching and learning and opened this up to asking students what they want to learn and the teacher facilitates personalized learning pathways and real world applications through connected learning?  How do we get schools and classrooms to change from "old school" practices to piloting new classroom and school practices?  Change has to start somewhere and is best received when champions who are district and school leaders allow and encourage change.  A pebble tossed in a pond creates a ripple, so what new ways can we create new rituals and routines to create this ripple?  Or are routines and rituals the problem?  


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Hi Britta, how are you? I think you are onto a great idea here and especially love the idea of teacher becoming the student. So much valuable learning both for the student as well as the teacher. You are asking some really intriguing questions in your post. We would love for you to share it in the ideate phase.

A couple of questions that might help frame out this idea:
What’s this idea about?
Why is this an idea that creates a culture of innovation?
How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal?
How’d you get this idea off the ground?

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want to talk the idea out in more detail!

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